Providing SATCOM systems for voice and data transmission, the family-run Global Telesat Communications (GTC) company has just been appointed as a European Distributor of RedPort’s satellite solutions.
RedPort develops satellite products and services, including VoIP gateways (Voice-communication Internal Protocol), satellite data routers and satellite terminals and specializes in equipment that allows communication through satellite enabled equipment in a highly cost effective manner. Although the price of airtime has been falling steadily as competition intensifies, it remains considerably more expensive than terrestrial alternatives.
For individuals or companies operating away from cell tower or WiFicoverage, making the most of each byte of data sent via a satellite keeps the huge advantages of global reception within a pre-planned budget.
According to James Phipps, the Head of Sales at GTC, becoming one of RedPort’s European distributors further strengthens the firm’s ability to give our customers the best airtime packages. Once you move away from basic text and position data, airtime costs begin to escalate, so the firm’s constant mission is to provide the most comprehensive and flexible packages. As RedPort has the same mission, this is a natural fit—the company has also developed the hardware that automatically searches for the best connection with the lowest rates.
A typical example is the RedPort Optimizer Premier, a VoIP gateway and data router that provides an ‘all-in-one’ solution for vessels. This intelligent router seeks out the most cost-effective connection for the task in hand, including terrestrial long-range cellular and WiFi. The router has a ‘failover’ function—if a terrestrial connection cannot be located, the router will search for compatible satellite broadband services including VSAT, Inmarsat, FleetBroadband, and Iridium OpenPort, for which it becomes a WiFi hotspot. Optimizer Premier also gives users the maximum data usage with onboard email and web compression services, which the crew can access via a captive portal. GTC will be offering all of RedPort’s most widely used services, with a particular focus on WiFi and Internet connections. GTC’s team are always on hand to provide any further information, including the setting up of firewalls and secure networks, and operates from a modern office block and distribution hub in Poole, Dorset, UK.